“I continue to love what you’re doing. Great ideas.”
“The best lunch date of my life. We were there for two and a half hours, but could easily have stayed for five.”
Amazing, fun, educational, inspirational – and occasionally even transformational – meals, hikes, conferences, talks, concerts, classes, parties, masterminds, book clubs, workshops, and vacations, hosted and attended by warm-hearted, unselfconscious, curious, intrinsically motivated, trustworthy, self-aware, resilient, unpretentious, silly people I call Sugarmaples.
My mom threw the most amazing annual Thanksgiving celebrations. So much learning, laughter, caring, confiding, mentoring, story-telling, and celebrating happened among the 50+ people who participated for four days each year. The reason it worked was her particular eye for lovely human beings. I call the amazing folks she introduced me to, Sugarmaples.
A few years ago, my mom had to retire from putting on her annual celebrations and, even though they only lasted four days out of the year, it wasn’t long before I really started to miss being surrounded by those wonderful folks.
Then it occurred to me: “I’ve been watching mom do this for thirty-five years. I bet I can identify Sugarmaples with pretty good accuracy and give them the help they need to host events for one another that I can come to. Yay!”
I like to throw Sugarmaples events, too. One of them is a little conference called Meddle. We made a short film about the first one, which took place in the English Cotswolds in 2013.
“If an eagle and a tiger had a human baby that was then raised by ninjas, it would be Ted.”
“Ted is extraordinary at what he does, and he’s a man of his word.”
“It was a wonderful time and a really great meal.”
“I had a very enjoyable lunch with Seth [Godin] yesterday — a smart and likable guy. There are degrees of kindredness (as well as of heresy). But we do seem to share a fair amount. Thanks for matching us.”
“It was such a great experience that I’m wracking my brain for other problems in my business that Ted could solve with a thoughtful connection.”
“I wanted to thank you again for the past weekend’s amazing fun and incredible opportunity to have an exchange of notions with Anil [Dash]. I feel even richer for the ideas & starting-places that have come out of the whole thing!”
“You know how it seems like everyone has a personal trainer, now? I believe Ted is the progenitor of a new kind of empathy-based collective problem solving that everyone will take for granted some day.”
“Sugarmaples is a collection of passionate, ambitious, big-hearted visionaries, and Ted is the Master Cultivator.”
“I have to say, you are very good at what you do. The timing was perfect and with one introduction you’ve enabled a ton of fruitful connections (which in the long run, might actually help save lives) in the span of a few days.”
Frequently asked questions.
Does it cost anything to be part of Sugarmaples?
It doesn’t cost anything to be on our list.
How much do the events cost?
Each host sets their own event prices, but we enforce a minimum price of $1 per person even for the silliest, most delightfully pointless events. We feel it’s important for hosts to assign a monetary value to every event, even if the amount is tiny. It does something positive for the gestalt of the experience.
These Sugarmaples sound like the kind of folks I'd like to hire for a job opening. Can you connect me?
We get this question often. If you’re looking to hire someone Sugarmaple-y for a permanent job or service engagement, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll contact you back promptly.
Where did the name 'Sugarmaples' come from?
I grew up in the Northeast and every fall just before Thanksgiving, it looks like the illustration at the top. Sugarmaple trees are everywhere.
Can I suggest someone who I think would love your events?
Absolutely. I’d love that. Email me at email@example.com.
Who did the trees illustration?
Who made the video?
Who did the stop-motion animation for the video?
Who did the music for the video?
Who designed the Meddle logo?
My name is Ted Pearlman. I’m married to Allison, an architect. We have a ridiculous second-grader, Oscar, and an enormous Newfoundland, Tatou, who’s famous on the Internet. I’m a Cornell alum and tech industry (Sony / IBM / Roguewave / CQG) refugee. My other passion project is Fall: In Love with Music, a new kind of venue I’m developing for Denver.